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Complicit passengers and greedy matatu crews endanger lives on roads

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Capital FM sought to know just how bad the situation is from the National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) , which has the constitutional mandate of restoring sanity on Kenyan roads.

According to 2016 statistics, 2,965 people died in road crashes, majority being pedestrians at 1,097, while there were 350 drivers, 729 passengers, 718 motor cycle deaths and 71 pedal cyclists.

This was however a drop from 3,057 deaths in 2015.

NTSA deputy director Road Safety Dr Duncan Kibogong attributes most of these cases to human faults.

“All crashes are preventable and indeed something can be done to reduce this if everyone does their role,” he asserted.

He said speeding remains a major contributor of road crashes followed by drink-driving, which remains a big problem in the country, fatigue and sometimes you find vehicles carrying excess passengers.

He says 2017 will see scaled up operations, in a bid to reverse the worrying trend.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Every time you are a road user, always play safe,” he appealed.

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Already tens of lives have been claimed in the first month of 2017.

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